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The Best Defense Against Ransomware

The Best Defense Against Ransomware

One thing is clear when it comes to ransomware: everyone is a potential victim. From cities like New Orleans, which was rocked by a ransomware attack in December, to companies like Visser and Epiq Global, both of which were hit very recently, and finally down to each individual themselves, no one is one-hundred percent safe.

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Tax Season Attacks That Target Small Business

Tax Season Attacks That Target Small Business

It’s time to file your taxes again—a headache, we know. But do you know what’s even more of a headache? Dealing with the fallout from a cyberattack.

According to Proofpoint, if you have “tax” in your domain name, you are already a target for tax season. What’s more surprising is the fact that financial firms and construction industries are also being targeted disproportionately, proving that attackers will target anyone.

Small and medium sized business are particularly vulnerable when targeted. Why? Because of their size, they have smaller IT departments than larger companies. As a result, their IT capabilities can be severely limited—especially as far as security is concerned.

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Tax-Related Identity Theft: Signs and Countermeasures

Tax-Related Identity Theft: Signs and Countermeasures

What could be worse than filing your taxes for the year and finding out that you unexpectedly owe money to the government? Getting a notice from the IRS saying that you already filed your return—when you haven’t yet.

Identity thieves are always looking for opportunities to impersonate you to make purchases, open credit cards in your name, apply for loans, and—at this time of year—file returns in your name to steal your refund.

We sincerely hope that your identity never gets stolen, but if it ever does, it’s important to recognize the signs as soon as they happen. Doing so will help you limit the damage an identity thief can do.

Signs you are a victim of tax-related identity theft:

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The Landline Phone: Why Put up With It?

The Landline Phone: Why Put up With It?

Are you sick of getting the exorbitantly high phone bill every month? You’re not alone. It can be frustrating paying all that money, especially if the call quality or reliability is not what you expect. And installing all those phone lines to each employee’s workstation? Don’t even start.

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Are You Getting the Most out of Your Website?

Are You Getting the Most out of Your Website?

There are many considerations to make when thinking about your website—which you need to have, by the way, in order to keep any sort of relevance. People are so plugged in nowadays that not having an online presence is akin to not existing at all. That presence should do more than just let people know you exist; it’s a reflection of the business itself, and it should be professional. Your website should help you advance your organization’s goals, be it raising revenue or awareness.

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